2017Tim Kasher w/ John Bradley, Campdogzz
MayDoors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv / $14
Kasher will be touring as a five-piece band in support of No Resolution, with instrumentation including cello, violin, vibraphone, keys, bass, drums, and trumpet. Kasher and his band are known for engaging live shows, balancing his irreverent wit and charm against a back drop of songs that range from somber beauty to raucous revelry. He pulls from the new and amazing No Resolution as well as his previous solo albums, The Game of Monogamy and Adult Film. There's often a few tunes he wrote for his other bands, The Good Life and Cursive, woven into the mix as well!
Kasher is known for pushing musical boundaries throughout his career – whether he’s switching up sounds between his bands and solo LPs, crafting intricate concept albums, or transforming songs originally conceived as a soundtrack for his self-penned screenplay into a standalone album (The Good Life’s 2007 release Help Wanted Nights). No Resolution is his most cinematic creation, a moving and cathartic collection of soundscapes that feels more like a suite of movements than a standard pop album, complete with instrumental breaks conjoining the nine songs. Fittingly, the 15 pieces will be featured in Kasher’s directorial debut film of the same name, which he also wrote, to be released later this year. Across the album’s strong story, the characters – an engaged couple on the brink of a break up – grapple with the specific and the broad, including the restlessness of adulthood and smothering external pressures; relationships in various states of transition and the walls built within them; distrust, indecision, and despair; and the existential anxiety that drives a deep need to leave a mark on the world. Filled with lush arrangements that include piano, vibraphone, organ, trumpet, synths, and various strings, the album is some of the most beautiful and finely orchestral music from Kasher, yet it is also his most subdued and understated work.
"Kasher’s poetic insights and keen literary observations make his songwriting some of the most unique of his generation" - Paste Magazine
"When it comes to writing about the darker side of relationships, there are few songwriters more adept than Cursive and The Good Life frontman Tim Kasher, and his third solo album No Resolution is no exception" - Noisey
"Tim Kasher’s lyrical prowess casts shadows over his contemporaries and musically, he’s become masterful with arrangements. No Resolution is just that good.” – Ghettoblaster
"Tim’s a great storyteller, and this is an album where the words pull you in above anything else" - BrooklynVegan
"I was floored by how someone I expected one thing from had so beautifully executed something completely different. This is what angst sounds like when it ages gracefully..." - Punknews.org
Bradley's long-time collaborators 6131 Records released the first sampling of these new songs in March 2017 with the appropriately titled "Demo" EP. Featuring five songs recorded at home by Bradley himself, these demos bridge the gap between where Dads was headed and the new-found, more mature approach afforded to a musician seeing the world in a renewed way.